The young LA artist Vinyl Williams has himself an enviable pedigree, being the grandson of composer and conductor John Williams of Indiana Jones and Star Wars fame scores one immediate points with the geek crowd. He also has a head full of psychedelic sounds, pulling in pieces of Radiohead’s later career electronic musings, the whooshier moments of modern rock bands like Tame Impala, as well as some of the stitched together stylings of DJ Shadow. When he’s on, and not spewing out mystical jibber jabber against a backdrop of pretty warble, he can stun. “Higher Worlds” is Vinyl Williams being on and stunning.
- April 2, 2015
Death Grips' double album, The Powers That B, features both the best and worst of these Sacramento noise-rap agitators. On the first album, subtitled, Niggas on the Moon, we get principals MC Ride and Zach Hill indulging their worst impulses. I'll be damned if there's a song here, but there's a lot of busted up beats and slobbering spit takes from MC Ride. Believe it or not, Icelandic national treasure, Bjork is on here, too. Unfortunately, her vocals and pitched, cut up and wrecked to the point where she's no more than another source of irritation, perhaps the primary irritation. Read More
- March 26, 2015
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